US envoy calls on PM Shehbaz, reaffirms commitment to strengthen bilateral ties

09:53 PM | 1 Jul, 2022
US envoy calls on PM Shehbaz, reaffirms commitment to strengthen bilateral ties
Source: External Publicity Wing (Twitter)
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ISLAMABAD – New ambassador of the United States to Pakistan, Donald Blome, called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday.

PM congratulated the envoy on his presentation of credentials and expressed hope that the latter would devote his efforts to deepening and enhancing bilateral ties.

A report of state broadcaster said the premier underscored Islamabad’s desire to further develop relationship between the two sides on the basis of mutual respect, trust, and interest.

Sharif also stressed the need to have the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement Ministerial meeting take place later this year, also hold the Business Opportunities Conference this year.

Recalling the depth and breadth of ties, the Prime Minister underscored that various Dialogues established between the two sides have been playing a critical role in strengthening bilateral ties in the areas of trade, investment, IT, climate change, health, and energy.

He also mentioned the rising wave of Islamophobia in India and condemned the sacrilegious remarks by the ruling party members about the revered personality of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)

He also pointed out committing grave violations of human rights in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Donald Blome thanked the Prime Minister for receiving him and reaffirmed Washington’s commitment to further strengthen and reinforce Pakistan-US ties. He also thanked Pakistan for its prompt and effective assistance in facilitating the evacuation from Afghanistan.

Blome also appreciated Pakistan for its prompt and effective assistance in facilitating evacuation from Afghanistan.

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